Planning commission hears options that could limit future industrial land use in Monument – Colorado Springs Gazette

MONUMENT • Sparked by a request by Board of Trustees’ member Ron Stephens, the Monument Planning…….


MONUMENT • Sparked by a request by Board of Trustees’ member Ron Stephens, the Monument Planning Fee held a workshop Oct. 14 To debate the municipality’s land use code As in contrast with the earlier land use code As a Outcome of it coincides with the metropolis’s full plan.

Stephens had requested all by way of a current Trustees meeting if there are any gadgets Inside the metropolis’s zoning code the board really feels Want to be modified or addressed further.

The Oct. 14 dialogue started with a comparability of accredited most constructing peaks between enchancments alongside I-25.

“There’s A lot of properties alongside I-25 That are zoned PU (deliberate metropolis enchancment),” metropolis planning director Meggan Herington said. “There’s not A lot of undeveloped properties alongside that hall or there aren’t A lot of properties with straight zoning. There are minimal properties That are nonetheless vacant of which The mannequin new code nonetheless applies.”

Tpersonal planner Debbie Flynn laid out comparabilitys of most constructing peak, which have various Counting on enchancment plans. For event, on the west facet of I-25, the Woodmen Valley Chapel was accredited at a most 45 ft in peak. The primary half of the Conexus enchancment south of the chapel was accredited at a most of 35 ft. However, Conexus Phases two and three have been accredited for 90 ft.

Sante Fe Park preliminary enchancment website plan was furtherly accredited at 90 ft, the placeas the Falcon Commerce Center, south of Baptist Road, was accredited at 100 ft.

On the east facet of I-25, the YMCA was accredited for 50 ft. The sketch plan for The Village, south of Freeway 105 and east of Jackson Creek Parkway, was accredited for a most 50 ft. The Village at Jackson Creek was accredited To not exceed 50 ft for constructings gooder than 600 ft from I-25, and 75 ft for these infacet 600 ft.

Monument Market North’s preliminary website plan was furtherly accredited for 50 ft most, plus one other 4 ft for parapet partitions above the roof.

The dialogue drifted into decisions of The biggest Method to complement the land use code As a Outcome of it refers to industrial land use. While the code establishes traits for every land use class, a full plan is fullly different. The good plan was final revised in 2017, after which the metropolis moved into revising the land use code, which is The relevant protocol, Herington said.

Herington addressed potential truck visitors — A precedence launched up in previous conferences. By advantage of the land use code, having semi vans passing by way of metropolis limits is unavoidable, she said. With PUD-zoned properties, Which permit for warehouse, distrihoweverion And Lightweight industrial, truck visitors is to be anticipated.

However, some members of the Board of Trustees needed the commission To debate The biggest Method metropolis staff appears On the full plan and guarantee It is captured Inside the zoning code, Herington said.

“There are going to be semi vans in Monument, However the dialog has been, ‘How does the Tpersonal of Monument administration that imaginative and prescient for what these industrial zones are going to be?’” the planning director said.

She proceedd, “We needed To Search out out how we Might greater implement our imaginative and prescient for the metropolis Barely bit greater And that i acquired here up with three ideas Which Might Even be a system for the Kinds of makes use of Of financial land use.”

The primary idea includes complemental use for requirements already Inside The prevailing code, Which could Embrace further requirements. Amongst further requirements suggested have been car weight permited on boundaries between industrial and refacetntial zoned properties, alignment to refacetntial zones, circulation, heavy obligation truck parking and in a single day parking, constructing options, quantity and use of loading doorways and limits to engine idles. Herington furtherly famous hours of supply Might be complemented, however that facet Can be “dicey.”

The second idea provides new definitions and redefines current ones for distrihoweverion amenities and micro achievement facilities, As properly as to the time period “warehouse and distrihoweverion.” For event, A mannequin new truck sprime Wouldn’t be confacetred beneath “permitted use,” however pretty “conditional use.”

The third idea, a zoning overlay, comes from Herington’s expertise with The metropolis of Colorado Springs. The metropolis can rezone a property to match the full plan, which she said Isn’t carried out typically Neither is favorable. An overlay currents further circumstances and requirements. Herington cited Colorado Springs’ north Nevada Avenue enchancments For event of the place the metropolis made use of an overlay, which excluded A pair of of the makes use of Inside The backside zoning.

“That was carried out on prime of All of the properties in that hall,” Herington said.

Planning Feeer Danny Ours requested how ideas one and two could influence current properties. He cited the Conexus enchancment For event. “How Can we scale again whOn they now confacetr They will do?” he said.

Herington said although metropolis staff Would want its attorneys’ counsel on that matter, clarifying definitions Of sunshine manufacturing, industrial and distrihoweverion Might be the route the metropolis would Want to look into.

“We Try to get some ideas for a monitor to go dpersonal Which Might Even be amenIn a place to the Planning Fee and the Board of Trustees,” she said.

She said beneath the previous zoning code, enchancment website plans Might be obscure, however as quickly as constructings went vertical, the metropolis could create its personal setagains beneath that zone.

“There’s nothing Inside the code with PUD That says it’s besides from complemental use for industrial requirements,” Herington said.

The planning director went on to say any enchancment already accredited for its preliminary or final sketch plan Can be grandfathered from any complemental land makes use of. However, if a final website plan has not but been accredited, metropolis planning staff Should consider Based mostly on any new complemental requirements.

With this, Phase Definitely one of many Conexus enchancment Can be vested, however parts two and three Wouldn’t be, she said.

Ours said with The mannequin new planning director in place, There’s extra latitude currentd to the planning commission than earlier than. The Board of Trustees typically get compromised As a Outcome of Of issues the Planning Fee set in place Prior to now, he said.

“I really feel our new director sees grey areas And she or he confacetrs grey areas require dialogue,” Ours said. “We have beenn’t In a place to have these dialogues earlier than. We’ve had extra dialogue Over the previous months than We now have in years.”

In the direction of The prime of the workshop, Herington said It’d be prudent to create A gaggle composed Of 1 metropolis trustee and one planning commissioner and A gaggle of each residents and land house personalers, To current balanced opinions, to proceed the dialogue.